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Old Tyme Religion
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on May 11, 2011
First and foremost the lyrics on this album blow. me. away. This album has it all -- rock, pop, soul a dash of international flavor -- all the influences mesh together brilliantly...and originally. I think the best compliment I can pay is there isn't a single track on this CD that I skip. There are not many CD's I can say that about... So I am no professional music reviewer by any stretch of the imagination (so be nice) but here are some random comments/thoughts on the tracks:

*Old Tyme Religion - Told from the perspective of a dead man in a lover's triangle. You have never heard anything quite like this, musically or lyrically. This song is the perfect opening track as you instantly know that you are experiencing something special and a blend of music genres like you have never heard before.
*99 Problems - Deliverance is no longer my frame of reference for banjos, so thanks for that, Hugo! Seriously - to start with a hip hop song and end with this...brilliant
*Bread and Butter - Okay, first came Barry White, then Enigma -- now Bread and Butter -- this song is sex, pure and simple (and so much better than Barry and Enigma!).
*Rock and Roll Delight - Definitely where the 'pop' comes out to play the most - a catchy diddy for sure...
*Hopelessly Stoned - "Like a bug on my window pane/Safe inside from the wind and rain/Try to fly, but it's all in vain/Just hopeless, hopelessly stoned." This song is all over the place, in a very very good way - definitely one of the best tracks on the album.
*Hurt Makes It Beautiful - A lot of truth to these lyrics.
*Born - Very very catchy. It will get stuck in your head.
*Mekong River Delta - This song surprised me by becoming my favorite track on the album...and I can't for the life of me explain why...
*Sweetest Cure - "I want you again, don't want to be your friend/ I wanna be adored, not a voyeur" -- I love that line!
*Different Lives -- It is hard to comment on a song that is clearly so personal. This song is at the same time tragic and absolutely beautiful.
*Just A Shred - Another catchy tune..you hear the international sounds in this one a lot
*Wake Alone - "If you only knew how much, I obsess over your touch/ I guess I'm old school in my ways" I'm not big on ballads. This is a modern ballad like nothing I have heard before. This song is another of the bigger achievements on this album in my opinion.

This album seamlessly crosses generational and genre barriers - with style. You will not regret this purchase!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on November 5, 2011
A friend recommended I check out a video of Hugo playing "99 Problems" on YouTube. Fifteen seconds into the song I knew I would buy the entire album. This album is a complex mixture of powerful, beautifully composed, instrumentals that are intertwined with Hugo's mastery of vocal inflection, his dynamic versatility, and soulful voice .

The bass lines alone in many of the songs will have you stepping on the gas and blowing past speed limit signs. If the first two tracks don't get you moving and make you fall in love with this album, than you should probably ignore all future reviews I make. Support a great artist, buy this album; thereby encouraging the recording lables to produce more solid, and soulful, rock like this!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
I'm glad OLD TYME RELIGION is finally out. I've been waiting a while since I first heard "Bread and Butter" - my favorite song on the album. Who can't like the words of the chorus? 'Gonna spread you like butter.' I heard it the first time on the CASTLE television show and then had to wait for the debut album to release. Oh well - anticipation!

I also really like "99 Problems"; "Hurt Makes It Beautiful"; "Born"; and "Wake Alone." But really there's not a bad song in the bunch.

A down and DIRTY bluesy rock feel to the whole thing that I love.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on August 28, 2011
I had never heard of this artist before watching the 2011 remake of Fright Night. When the credits rolled a version of "99 Problems" that I had definitely never heard before came on (and the title line is really the only thing it has in common with the original version by Jay Z). Me and me friend were really impressed with it. I quickly pulled out my phone and used SoundHound to find out who it was by and found that it was from this album. I ordered it from my phone even before I got home. I've listened to this album probably a half dozen times in the past 5 days. It just gets better every time I hear it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 13, 2012
I can really only echo what I am reading here. This is a great great album. It is hard to put the album into a specific genre as it mixes things up a bit. I don't normally do reviews, but I was compelled to type something up to recommend this to other music lovers. The music seems to be a mixture of country, alt, blue grass, pop and hip-hop. It is beautifully done and just wonderful to listen to. Buy it, you will not regret it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 23, 2011
I won't lie I am a huge Jay Z fan and I was checking out the RocNation web site and saw Hugo under artist looked him up was amazed by what I heard. This guy is a true artist and I was blown away by every track from this album. This guy deserves to be huge and sell out stadiums. Love the album great great great music.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 2, 2011
I heard 99 Problems in the movie 'No Strings Attached', watched the credits to see who performed it, went onto Amazon to search and found this CD. After listening to the clips and loving everything I purchased the CD. This was a great debut CD and left me wanting more, this is a good thing! The musical influences are evident, growing up in the 60's & 70's I recognized those influences. I played this for my sister (5 years older than me) and she loved it too. Hope to hear more from him in the future!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 2, 2012
Old Tyme Religion by Hugo was terrific. I first heard the second cut, "99 Problems" as one of the songs on the closing credits of the movie Fright Night. This remake had been a real disappointment and I was just going for the remote to stop the DVD when I heard this song. It had a real Credence Clearwater Revival feel to it and I ended up backing up the credits and listening to the song over and over. The rest of this album is just as good. The sound varies from ballad to true rock and roll. This is new music that even we old rockers can appreciate. I will be going back for more.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 9, 2012
I, like most people, heard Hugo's cover of 99 problems and was immediately drawn to the sound. I heard it on a digital jukebox, and it quickly became a song that I incorporated into my regular list while selecting songs on the jukebox. I bought the album and was very impressed by the first 3 songs - Old Thyme Religion, 99 problems and Bread n Butter. I wish the album would have continued on those tones. Track 4 and beyond are more "pop" than I'd prefer. Their are some good songs, but they all have a more pop sound that the first 3 didnt really have. Overall, a decent album though.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 13, 2013
Heard just a few bars of 99 Problems on the new show "The Blacklist" (Terrific show BTW) and was curious. Watched Hugo on Youtube and bought the album. Also, watched an interview with an inane gal, in Florida at a performance, asking such stupid questions about Thailand and Michael Jackson. Dumb as a brick and Hugo handled it gracefully. Just let her be vapid and went on and did his thing. Watched another interview; what a cool cat, very laid back and chill. The album is like nothing else out there which I appreciate. Looking forward to the next one.
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